U.S. States by Hottest Recorded Temperature

Name the U.S. states that have the highest ever recorded temperatures.
According to this source. Records considered dubious are not included.
Through 2020
Quiz by Jarl5
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Last updated: September 18, 2020
First submittedJuly 11, 2017
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°C
State
°F
54.4
California
130
51.7
Arizona
125
51.7
Nevada
125
49.4
Kansas
121
48.9
Oklahoma
120
48.9
South Dakota
120
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State
°F
48.9
Texas
120
47.8
Missouri
118
47.8
Nebraska
118
47.8
New Mexico
118
47.8
Washington
118
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Level ∞
Sep 18, 2020
On August 16, 2020 Death Valley reached a temperature of 54.4° Celsius, the hottest temperature ever recorded (with proper equipment and procedures) anywhere on Earth.
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Level 85
Jul 17, 2017
That last one's a bit of a head-scratcher. Gonna have to investigate.
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Level 85
Jul 17, 2017
Even more confused *after* investigating. That record high temp was in a place called Ice Harbor. How curious.
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Level 57
Jul 17, 2017
Hm. Hope you find more evidence.
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Level 56
Jul 18, 2017
You mean water harbor?
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Level 85
Jul 18, 2017
At that temperature, bordering on Steam Harbor.
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2017
You guys just made my day!
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Level 62
Dec 2, 2017
I live in Washington and i've been in 102 degrees Fahrenheit weather, so I got Washington.
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Level 67
Oct 15, 2018
I've lived in Pennsylvania and been in 102 degree weather too, but there was no way in hell I was guessing PA. 118 is a LOT different from 102...
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Level 58
Apr 14, 2019
This caught me by surprise, and I live within 10-15 miles of the hottest place ever in Washington (Ice Harbor Dam)! Been here about 30 years and while I've seen a large share of 100-deg days I'm thankful I wasn't around for the record (118). This area is in the southeast part of WA and it is NOT "evergreen state"-ish over here!
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Level 45
Sep 10, 2019
Same. I live in Spokane.
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Level 66
Apr 5, 2020
In Pennsylvania, it is just variable enough that you really can't get used to the weather before it switches. The lowest temp I have ever seen is -20 degrees, and the highest I have ever felt is 100 degrees, which makes it hard to get accustomed to the climate.
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Level 62
Oct 1, 2020
Pennsylvania doesn't normally get nearly that hot. Where I live, it rarely gets over 100 (although it has a few times).
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Level 69
Jul 17, 2017
Check out my quiz on the most climatologically diverse states. There's one for countries too.
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Level 83
Jul 17, 2017
So South Dakota is the only state on both the coldest and hottest list.
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Level 57
Jul 17, 2017
Before QM edited it, both ND and SD were on there. I noticed that too.
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Level 42
Jul 28, 2017
I live in North Dakota and in the the summer it is way too hot and in the winter it is very cold so it is a nice place to live.
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Level 81
Jul 6, 2018
Plus the terrain varies along the daily commute.
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Level 51
Oct 1, 2020
i thought colorado would be on the list because the great sand dunes are up there,
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Level 69
Jul 18, 2017
North Dakota hit 121 on July 6, 1936.
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Level ∞
Jul 18, 2017
* Records considered dubious are not included
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Level 74
Jul 18, 2017
The only thing here with a dubious record is Quizmaster. Burn!
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Level ∞
Jul 18, 2017
I don't think it's recommended to say "burn" to your own joke.
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Yeah I'm confused as well
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Level 70
Oct 1, 2020
I was curious, so I checked the weather in Winnipeg that day: 42.2C (108F), the highest ever recorded here. It was recorded at 109 in Grand Forks and 114 in Fargo and Bismarck. Of those, it's nearest Bismarck. It's 53m lower in elevation. That could have a bit of an effect, but not 7 degrees F. Still, it seems imaginable that there may have been local variation at that level.
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Level 69
Jul 18, 2017
When did it become dubious? It has been an accepted figure for 80 years.
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
That was on there before it was edited
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Level 50
Jul 18, 2017
According to this source>https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/scec/records, it should go like this:

California - 134

Arizona - 128

Nevada - 125

New Mexico - 122

North Dakota - 121

Kansas - 121

South Dakota - 120

Oklahoma - 120

Arkansas - 120

Texas - 120

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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
That's how it looked originally. Quizmaster changed it. Would you like to tell him he doesn't care about accuracy? You on the other hand don't seem to care about making good quizzes or getting a high level so I'd keep the comments to yourself. Thanks!
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Level 58
Jul 18, 2017
I didn't add Washington for awhile, but given that I grew up on the eastern side of the state, I know it can get nasty hot in the summer. Not all of Washington is green. If it weren't for irrigation, the eastern part of the state would be brown, brown, and more brown.
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Level 50
Jul 18, 2017
Apparently he doesn't. The NFL stadium quiz is almost a year out of date. I've commented several times and it still hasn't been updated. And it's not my fault all of the good topics have already been done. It's hard to think of stuff that hasn't been done that is also any good. And no actually, I don't really care about my level.
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2017
Alright I'll try again. 𝘗𝘓𝘌𝘈𝘚𝘌 complain elsewhere. Thank you!
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Level ∞
Jul 19, 2017
I have a schedule to update "NFL Stadiums" and other such quizzes once per year. Otherwise, its insanity. I'm not going to reset the stats every time some stadium sells to another corporate sponsor.
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2017
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Level 50
Jul 20, 2017
In the case of that quiz, a team didn't sell the name to a different corporate sponsor, they moved into a new stadium entirely. And 2 others will be playing in new/different stadiums this upcoming season. If you are going to care about "accuracy" about quizzes like this, then so should other major ones like those.
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Level 37
Jul 18, 2017
Never expected Washington
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Me neither!
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Level 64
Jul 24, 2017
Neither did the Brits
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2018
loool
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Level 58
Apr 14, 2019
ZING!
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Level 69
Nov 26, 2018
Me neither, and I live here.
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Level 71
Jul 18, 2017
I am so confused I cant type punctuation
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
You don't need to. JetPunk accepts things without uppercase letters or punctuation.
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Level 23
Jul 18, 2017
No hawaii?No Florida? i am shock
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Level 72
Jul 18, 2017
Surprisingly, Hawaii is one of only two states (Alaska the other) that has never reached 100 degrees
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Level 54
Oct 1, 2020
Depending on which source you use, even Alaska has reached 100 degrees!
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Level 64
Jul 24, 2017
Not really all that surprising. The ocean has a very large mediating effect because the ocean temperature is highly resistant to temperature fluctuation (water has a very high heat capacity). Thus temperature near a coast is always more mild that the temperature several 10s of miles inland.
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Level 51
Oct 1, 2020
i thought colorado would be on the list, because of the great sand dunes. turns out it got the same temp as Washington
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Hello to everyone from the front page! Thanks for taking the time to play my quiz today. If you want, feel free to check out some of my other quizzes, there are some good ones out there including a coldest version of this quiz. Have a great day!
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Level 23
Jul 18, 2017
that so easy
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Wow, you must know your geography!
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Level 71
Jul 18, 2017
Iowa has also reached 118.
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Not according to this source
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Level 56
Jul 18, 2017
Washington was unexpected. The hottest place in the state: The Tri-Cities - Kennewick, Pasco and Richland
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Level 79
Jul 20, 2017
Nice quiz, Jarl5. We just returned from a three-week driving trip of the western states which made this one easier for me.
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2017
Thanks! Sounds like fun.
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Level 62
Dec 27, 2017
It's amazing the effect the ocean has on weather. Florida, the southernmost mainland state, isn't actually that hot because of the weather. Yet, South Dakota, approximately the same Latitude as Southern Russia, is on this list!
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Level 37
Jun 13, 2018
I've lived in several states, including some of the ones on this list, and Florida felt the hottest. That humidity changes everything.
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Level 37
Apr 28, 2018
Would never have guessed Washington!
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Level 57
Dec 29, 2019
I thought Utah would be here
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Level 38
May 14, 2020
If Washington is included, so should Oregon. They reached 119 in Pendleton in 1898
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Level ∞
Sep 18, 2020
According to our source, that record is not accurate.
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Level 45
Oct 1, 2020
No way...47,8 for Washington?! The source must have included Washingtons temperatures from the jurassic age
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Level 83
Oct 1, 2020
Inland Washington is very different to the coastal region.
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Level 49
Oct 1, 2020
What's so dubious about North Dakota?
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Level 31
Oct 1, 2020
How is Florida not in here?
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Level 70
Oct 1, 2020
The ocean is a very good regulator of temperature. Overall in Florida it is very hot but never to the point of the temperatures in this quiz - in fact, Colorado has more 100°+ days than Florida on average. And because of the high level of humidity, it seems significantly hotter than in places like Arizona, where the air is dry (this is because when it is humid it is more difficult for sweat to evaporate and cool you down) even if the weather in Florida is 10 or 15 degrees "cooler."
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Level 47
Oct 1, 2020
The only reason I would guess Nebraska is that I live here. Surprised that 45% of people got it. Also surprised at how hot it got, the high in an average summer is about 100, sometimes feels like 110 though.
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Level 70
Oct 3, 2020
The only reason I guessed Nebraska is because I've been there in August and wow it's broiling. Missouri, too.
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Level 49
Oct 1, 2020
Sooo the 134 degree weather in 1913 in Death Valley is considered dubious?
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Level 64
Oct 2, 2020
The source given is an absolute mess of data --- very few citations, very few dates, no sorting. One cannot verify the vast majority of their stats without going through considerable effort.
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Level 15
Oct 2, 2020
After seeing your seeing your source, I would like to take another quiz.
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Level 55
Oct 5, 2020
Wow. This seems very bizarre. I am shocked North Carolina didn't make the list, as it has extremely hot summers that will melt your face off. Shocked to see South Dakota or Nebraska up here over NC. Perhaps it is simply because NC has the sweltering humid heat, that is so hot that it is hard to breathe, but doesn't register as high as the dry heat of places like Arizona.